Guilty Verdict

Guilty as charged is the verdict in the murder trial of a man who says he killed Michael Grimes back in 1999 in self-defense, but didn't tell anyone because he thought they wouldn't believe him.

Rodney Cearley's attorney called several witnesses who painted the victim as a man haunted by drug problems and who was known for his short temper.  They also testified that Grimes was known to carry a knife and was not one to back down from a fight.

Late this afternoon, jurors returned a guilty verdict against Cearley.  Now the punishment phase of the trial begins.